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Bill Hogan has been covering Washington for longer than he can remember — or longer, at least, than he'd like to remember. He is the author of three books, including, most recently, "Are Your Prescriptions Killing You?—How to Prevent Dangerous Interactions, Avoid Deadly Side Effects, and Be Healthier with Fewer Drugs" (with Dr. Armon B. Neel, Jr.).

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Medicare Drug Benefit Saves Taxpayers Billions

Posted on 03/3/2014 by | In Other News . . . | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthMedicare‘s prescription drug benefit saves taxpayers billions of dollars by dramatically reducing hospital admissions, a new study shows. Researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and the University of Illinois at Chicago estimated the total savings at $1.5 billion a year — about 2.2 percent of the total $67.7 billion cost of Medicare Part D in 2011. “Medicare Part D requires a substantial investment from the federal government, and the million-dollar question has been, ‘Does this investment …

Mildred Loving: She Blazed a Trail for Marriage Equality

Posted on 02/10/2014 by | In Other News . . . | Comments

Bulletin TodayIn 1964, Mildred Loving wrote a letter to Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy that she couldn’t have realized at the time would launch a campaign for marriage equality that continues 50 years later. In her letter, Loving asked Kennedy if the Civil Rights Act of 1964 might be the vehicle that allow her and her husband to return to their home state of Virginia, from which they had been banished for the “crime” of being married. Slide show: 10 women …

How One Couple Scored a Suite at the Waldorf for $15.75

Posted on 01/14/2014 by | In Other News . . . | Comments

Bulletin Today | Money & SavingsA suite at New York City’s famed Waldorf-Astoria for only $15.75? That’s how much Tony and Jo Fioravante of Staten Island, N.Y., paid on Jan. 12 to celebrate their 66th anniversary at the landmark luxury hotel — in a reprise, down to the dollar, of their 1948 wedding night. As it turns out, the Waldorf gives couples who spent their wedding night at the hotel and who have been married for 50 years or more the same rate they originally paid, …

Kris Kristofferson’s Coolest Concert Ever

Posted on 11/18/2013 by | In Other News . . . | Comments

Bulletin Today | EntertainmentKris Kristofferson’s career as a singer-songwriter spans nearly 50 years, and his career as an actor nearly that, so it saddened me a little to learn that he’s struggling just a bit with memory loss. “I wish my memory weren’t so bad,” Kristofferson, 77, told Fox News on Nov. 4, following a screening of the indie film “The Motel Life,” in which he plays a used-car salesman. “They tell me it’s from all the football and boxing and the concussions …

Is Your Hospital in Medicare’s Penalty Box?

Posted on 11/15/2013 by | In Other News . . . | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthIs your hospital being penalized for providing care that falls short of what Medicare thinks it should be? Measures range from nighttime noise to following basic clinical standards of care. If so, your hospital isn’t alone. Some 1,451 hospitals nationwide are being paid a little bit less for each patient they treat in the second year of Medicare’s “quality incentive” program, compared with 1,231 hospitals that will be paid more, according to Kaiser Health News. Here are the hospitals at …

Who Knows All, Sees All, (and Now) Tells All? Your Dog

Posted on 10/18/2013 by | In Other News . . . | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthResearchers at Newcastle University in England are onto something big: Your dog may know lots more about how you’re feeling — and about how you’re doing generally — that anyone has heretofore believed. Except maybe you. Using high-tech movement sensors, the researchers tracked the behavior of 17 types of canine companions — from mutts and miniature Jack Russell Terriers to Labrador Retrievers and Great Danes — both at home and out and about. They did this by attaching “a wearable …